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To the Editor:

John Fehlauer and I differ a bit on what/who we should believe regarding global warming and its cause.

Despite what he says, the Earth has not warmed now for 18 years. Suitable references for that statement were provided in my Feb. 12 letter.

I have always appreciated NASA and NOAA for what have been reasonable local weather predictions and the space effort. But these are government agencies, and we all trust the government, don’t we?

And the EPA? Do I need to say anything more about the White House control agency?

Very recently, Christina Figureres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism. To quote: “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years since the industrial revolution.”

The only economic model in the past 150 years that has ever worked at all is capitalism, in which output has increased 70-fold, work days have been halved, and life spans doubled.

There is no reason to discard out of hand my references to Epstein’s book. We don’t need climate scientists to write articles about the morality of putting mankind first by using cheap plentiful reliable energy. But we do need to think about it.

Readers need to be very careful when they read Fehlauer’s statement: “We have warmed about 1.4 degrees since the start of the 20th century.” That is a period of 115 years, in the beginning of which we were just coming out of the “Little Ice Age.” My data indicates the warming is less than 0.8 degrees, but if he can provide a reference that I can confirm, that would be helpful.

I would be happy to participate in an exchange of specifics with peer-reviewed references on any of the topics mentioned in Fehlauer’s article.

Tom Rolfes


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